Purpose of the App: Combines books and video chat to allow children to read with family members who travel or live far away.
Strengths: This is a fabulous concept. It's a great way to keep very young children more involved in video chats with long-distance family members.
Weaknesses: The in-app purchases can add up quickly unless you buy the monthly subscription.
Suggested Audience: The books are best suited for children under six or seven and any family member who, for whatever reason, can't be there to read in person.
Star Rating Breakdown
Meets Intended Goal: 5
Worth the Price: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Educational Value: 4
Level of Customization: 5
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After downloading the app (for FREE) you will be prompted to create an account with a profile image and password. All of the account screens are "gated" as they require you to swipe down with 2 fingers in order to access. You are now ready to invite others to join. Click the box in the upper left side of the screen to send invites. You, then, add an email address and a label such as "Grandma's house". When the invitee accepts they will create their account with a picture. Until they accept, the box will say "pending". You can add as many other users as you wish. Just click on their profile image to call and story time begins.
This is such a genius concept. My own children love to video chat with their young cousins, but the conversations are typically short and consist of lots of yes/no questions and answers. This app gives some purpose to video chats with far away family members and it's educational too. The set up was fairly easy and there are lots of books to choose from. I think the prices for the books seem a little high especially for basic children's books, but that is probably to encourage people to spring for the monthly subscription. It is great that the app itself is free and there are at least a dozen free titles. I'm hoping the digital library will continue to grow and offer a greater diversity of books. Overall, this is a wonderful app that brings family together using technology. I would highly recommend trying it out.
Give your child a head start in life with Kindoma Storytime, the recipient of 2013 Editor's Choice Award from Children's Technology Review. Kindoma Storytime combines the best of children's learning and family communication by combining books and videochat to help children connect with their long-distance families, especially parents and grandparents.
Kindoma Storytime offers a large digital library handpicked by experts that can be filtered based on your child’s reading levels. Our library of books is constantly changing and growing, so keep coming back to see what is new. This free app comes with access to more than 10 free books and for only $6.99 per month a "Kindoma Membership" provides unlimited access to all of the books in our digital bookstore.
Start using Kindoma Storytime today:
- First, register for an account to unlock more books.
- Second, invite your family to connect.
- Third, browse the library and pick out your favorite books.
- Then, call your family and start reading together!
How Kindoma Storytime works:
While you are together in a call or next to each other, the book selections and page turns are synchronized on both sides. You can point to things on the page and the other side can see where you are pointing. Use this feature to highlight words as you read, or ask questions and have the children point to things on the page.
Become a Kindoma Member:
Subscribe to the "Kindoma Membership" to get unlimited access to the entire catalog of books. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. The "Kindoma Membership" subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged $6.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.
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